New to Penny Seats— Improv!
The Penny Seats Theatre Co. has TWO brand new unique opportunities for the comical and silly actors of Southeast Michigan. First, we will offer a pay-what-you-can workshop (all adults welcome!) in character-based short-form improvisational acting, highlighting games, character work as well as improv short form scene structure.
Then, a week following the workshop, The Penny Seats will hold auditions to put together an 8 member (4 female, 4 male) improv and sketch troupe. We’re looking for unique perspectives, one-of-a-kind characters and an enthusiastic, supportive group mentality. The troupe’s debut performance will be during the Summer Kicko? Event on May 25th! Location TBD.
Rehearsals will be held Fridays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Kenville Studios (near The Big House). They will consist of playing improv games, developing our space work and listening, bringing new characters to share with each other as well as putting up weekly sketches written by the cast.
Improv Workshop Info—
Date: Friday, March 16th, 2018
Time: 7:30 - 9:30PM
Come in comfortable clothes prepared to move around!
No pre-registration necessary.
Improv Troupe Audition Info—
Date: Friday, March 23th, 2018
Bring Headshot Please!
About Our Director—
Ben Rowe moved to Ann Arbor in the fall from Los Angeles. He is the newest member of the Penny Seats Board of Directors and brings with him years of experience performing improv and sketch comedy. In LA, he studied at The Groundlings Theatre & School, acted in numerous commercials and performed weekly live shows at Comedysportz LA. In his undergrad years, he performed bi-weekly shows with “Lazy Zipper,” the campus short-form & sketch group. He has been acting, directing and editing comedy shorts and one-acts since grade school.
Penny Seats 2018 Summer Casts Announced
We are thrilled beyond measure to announce the casts of our 2018 Summer Season, lovingly titled, "Hail to the Victors: Two Tales of Frankenstein." Gigantic thanks to all who auditioned!
We begin the Summer with a 3-week run of Joseph Zettelmaier's The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play, running June 14 - 30 at West Park. Starring in The Gravedigger are:
Anton - David Galido
Victor - Dan Helmer
Nadya - Annie Dilworth
Kurt - Robert Schorr
Next, in July, we present Mel Brooks' famous (infamous?) Young Frankenstein. Based on the cult classic movie starring Gene Wilder, this 2007 musical is pure joy from beginning to end. Young Frankenstein takes the stage at West Park July 12-28. The cast for Young Frankenstein is:
Frederick Frankenstein ("Fronkensteen") - Ben Rowe
Inga - Paige Martin
Igor - Logan Balcom
Elizabeth - Kimberly Alley
Frau Blucher - Laura Sagolla
The Monster - John DeMerell
Victor Frankenstein - Dale Dobson
Hans Kemp - Eddie Rothermel
Hermit - Ethan Danke
Ziggy - James Fischer
Ensemble - Kasey Donnelly, Jenna Pittman, Monica Spencer, Ali Ghannam
Again, many thanks to all those who auditioned. We are grateful to have such a wealth of talent. We'll see you at the park!
Please and be the first to hear about future auditions!
The Penny Seats began in 2010 with the idea that Ann Arbor deserves to be brimming with excellent live theater that is easy to get to and won’t break the bank. We think high-quality performances can occur in casual environments, and should not have to cost patrons top dollar. Thus, our mission is to create excellent, accessible, affordable theater and to provide a creative outlet for experienced Michigan theatre artists.